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Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Kelly_family » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:52 pm

Help me with my crazy hen. I have 14 chickens, no roosters. One hen is in the nesting box most of the day and sleeps in there. Can’t get her out to get eggs or get her to resume normal routine. Any ideas??
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by kenya » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:00 pm

Shes broody and wants to hatch out babies.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Killerbunny » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:14 am

DOes she hiss and fluff up?
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Farrier1987 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:52 pm

Yep, find some eggs from a neighbor or somewhere that has a rooster. 21 days. It is very rewarding. For her too.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Kelly_family » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:51 am

Killerbunny wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:14 am
DOes she hiss and fluff up?
She does not hiss but is very docile. More than normal and yes is fluffed up. I figured she was brooding.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Kelly_family » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:52 am

Farrier1987 wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:52 pm
Yep, find some eggs from a neighbor or somewhere that has a rooster. 21 days. It is very rewarding. For her too.

And if I don’t? How long will this last?
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Killerbunny » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:52 am

It can be very difficult to get her to stop and not great for her health either. I've never tried to stop one, I just give her some fertile eggs.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Ontario Chick » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:07 am

Kelly_family wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:52 am
Farrier1987 wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:52 pm
Yep, find some eggs from a neighbor or somewhere that has a rooster. 21 days. It is very rewarding. For her too.

And if I don’t? How long will this last?
If you "break" her broodiness within first 2-3 days, she may go back to laying.
If not, she will go thru the whole 3 weeks of "brooding" and then a week or two of considering her options, before starting to lay again.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Happy » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:08 pm

My one year old, Stella, has gone broody twice this year. The first time she quit 2 days short of 21 days (right after I gave her eggs due in 2 days) and the second time she quit 14 days in. But I've seen another hen refuse to quit at all. Depends on the hen. It is very hard on them physically so I don't recommend just trying to wait it out. Either try to break her (a cool water bath and placed in a cage that has been raised up on blocks for air flow underneath and no bedding) OR get her some fertilized eggs. I agree with @Farrier1987 ...its a great experience to watch a hen hatch and rear chicks.
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Re: Help me with my crazy hem

Post by Shnookie » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:47 am

I have two Ameraucana year old hens that went broody this year. They were not with a rooster so no eggs were fertile. They sat for almost 3 weeks without coming out much, so I took the nest boxes out. It's been about 3 weeks since I took the boxes out. They are not acting broody so I will put the boxes back this week and see what happens. It has been quite hot here for most of June.
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